KOLKATA: With chances of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directly ordering an inquiry by the NIA into the October 2 explosion in Bardhaman district of West Bengal, with tell-tale evidence of international terror links, the tussle over it continued on Thursday with the ruling Trinamool Congress still opposing it and the Opposition questioning the integrity of the state government.
The BJP here took out processions, condemning the state’s attitude towards the explosion and demanded an immediate NIA inquiry into the explosion which resulted in the death of two terrorists, linked with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Banglades and serious injury to another.
Newly-elected BJP legislator and state general secretary Shamik Bhattacharya said: “It is a deliberate attempt to portray the incident as a mere law and order problem, to cover up the anti-national acts, in which several top TMC leaders are involved. TMC MP Ahmed Hassan’s links with Jamaat in Bangladesh are known even by his party leaders. On instructions from TMC leaders, the district police destroyed evidence and detonated the grenades and rocket launchers that were being manufactured in that house. During the Gandhi Maidan blasts at Modi’s meeting in Patna and then at Bodh Gaya, the then Bihar CM, despite his opposition to the Central Government, ordered an NIA probe and the culprits were caught.”
“Mamata Banerjee herself had demanded an NIA probe into a blast at a resort here in 2009 and said it was the best agency. Then, why is she opposing it now?. Is it to shield the anti-national leaders in her party, who have links with international terrorist outfits,” he asked.
CPM MP Mohammad Salim questioned Mamata’s opposition, saying, “The ruling TMC spends crores of public money in courts to oppose the CBI probe into Saradha scam, as its leaders are involved. In this case too, it is trying to oppose it, as it wants to protect its leaders, who have links with fundamentalist outfits engaged in terror here, as well as in Bangladesh and want to harm relations between the two countries.”